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English language learners meet reclassification criteria in California district

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 15:37 PM

Between 2006 and 2010, about 43 percent of California residents spoke a language other than English at home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As English is a second language for many families throughout the state, several students are classified as English learners.

However, many California institutions have programs in place to help students become proficient in English. For instance, the Woodland Joint Unified School District follows its Master Plan for English Learners to help these pupils perform at the same level as their native English-speaking classmates, according to the District’s website.

The Master Plan appears to be an effective one, as the Daily Democrat recently reported that 446 English learners have met the criteria for reclassification for the 2011-2012 academic year. District officials decide which students are eligible based on the results of their California English Language Development Test and California Standards Test, a part of the California STAR Testing Program.

For the District, this is a significant improvement over the previous academic year when 384 students were reclassified for demonstrating English competency.

The 446 reclassified students will be honored at a special ceremony at Woodland High School on April 23.